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A Bite Out


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/arts/article/a_bite_out_of_fairfax_20040924

Playwright Leon Martell was dining at Canter's when his thoughts drifted to Billy Gray, the Jewish comic whose name had graced a 1950s nightclub on Fairfax. Billy Gray's Band Box had been a sexy, Hollywood gangsterland kind of joint where stars like Lou Costello had schmoozed with mobster Mickey Cohen. But the club was long gone and Gray's name had faded from Fairfax, Martell noted -- until he glanced at the menu and saw the Billy Gray Band Box special. "Billy lives on in the Fairfax -- as a chopped liver sandwich," he said.

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